Trip report: Cambodia custom tour (March 2013) by Tropical Birding

Guided by Charley Hesse. This was a custom tour with an itinerary similar to our set-departure tour.

Birders come to Cambodia to find species no longer available in other countries. With an ever expending network of sites for some of SE Asia’s rarest large birds, and conservation efforts in a race against rapid environmental destruction and hunting, there is no better time to come. This short custom tour concentrated on the must see birds of Cambodia, starting with the endangered race of Sarus Crane and Milky Stork at Ang Trapeng Tmor, threatened waterbirds like Spot-billed Pelican and both adjutants at Prek Toal, Bengal Florican & Manchurian Reed-Warbler on the flood plain grasslands of Tonle Sap, Giant & White-shouldered Ibises and numerous owls & woodpeckers in the dry deciduous dipterocarp forests of Tmat Boey, and finally to the evergreen forests of Bokor National Park in the south where we tracked down the charismatic Chestnut-headed Partridge. In just 8 and a half days of birding, we racked up an impressive 289 species including all major targets for the trip. Of course no trip to Cambodia would be complete without a trip to the ancient temples at Angkor including the largest religious building in the world, Angkor Wat. All tour participents were impressed by the quality of birding, the friendly & welcoming nature of the Cambodian people, good food and were happy to be supporting the excellent conservation work of our ground agent.

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